Takata Alpha Airbags: Do You Have One?


At this point you’ve, hopefully, already heard about the Takata airbag recall, checked your own vehicle and told your family and friends to check theirs. Did you know there are Takata airbags called “Alphas” that pose the highest risk? They can be found in certain vehicles and have up to a 50% chance of exploding on impact, sending sharp, metal fragments into your vehicle.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) urges drivers to get these vehicles repaired immediately, and not to drive them otherwise. Of the 16 people who died in the US from Takata airbags, over half were driving vehicles with Alphas. Here’s the list of affected vehicles:

Takata Alpha Vehicles:

  • 2001-2002 Honda Civic
  • 2001-2002 Honda Accord
  • 2002-2003 Acura TL
  • 2002 Honda CR-V
  • 2002 Honda Odyssey
  • 2003 Acura CL
  • 2003 Honda Pilot
  • Certain 2006 Ford Ranger (Ford advises do not drive)
  • Certain 2006 Mazda B-Series (Mazda advises do not drive)

We identified quite a few Alphas among the vehicles searched on Carma--all of these drivers had an extremely high risk of injury or death every time they got in their vehicle.

If you drive one of the vehicles listed above, search Carma’s vehicle lookup, and we’ll help you find out if you have a Takata airbag recall. If you do, call your dealer and get it fixed immediately. The repair is free and quick, and parts are available now.

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